why do chinese people like to drink tea?

I have been to china so many times. Everytime i go there, people alway drink tea in their home with their friends. they put tea into the pot and add hot water.But acturally, i do not know why they love do that? Does anyone know why?

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i actyrally want to know.

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Brian said

LOL. i just cant….

do you have the same problem with me?

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Dr Jim said

The same reason why southern Europeans drink wine while northerners favor beer (or why rice wine is popular in Japan): a thousand years ago you needed to drink what grew in your region; then older generations taught their children what they knew.

This is breaking down a little as multinational marketing firms such as Coke and Pepsi become international brands, but we still tend to do what our parents did.

maybe you are right. this is a trandition in china

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TeaLife.HK said


why do you think so?

TeaLife.HK said

Your English!

Yes nice to meet you

可以告诉我问题出在哪吗 我英文不太强

meowster said



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Why do you think North Americans would have information on why Chinese people like to drink tea?

AllanK said

Good reply, we can only guess.

everything is possible

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AllanK said

If you ask this question historically, the main thing available to the Chinese people for many centuries was tea. Only recently, perhaps in the last two hundred years was coffee available and very rare until modern times. Soda was unknown to the Chinese many years ago so they didn’t drink that. You can pretty much answer this question as it was the only choice the Chinese had historically. Why they still prefer in now is beyond my ability to answer.

Historically, humanity flourishes when we drink boiled-water beverages because that ensures sterilized water. Tea gives water flavor, beer’s yeast out-competes the pathogens and the hop oils are antimicrobial. Higher-alcohol spirits, regardless of the base carbohydrate, are not thirst-quenching in the way that flavored water is.

That’s a really good point regarding microbes. Nowadays, we can deal with the microbes for the most part, but have to worry about industrial contamination instead.

Industrial chemical contamination or industrial physical contamination? I have gotten pebbles in rice bags before, and bean/pea packages always say “sort before washing and cooking.” I know that metal-detectors are common in manufacturing facilities.

Water contamination is generally not a problem in countries with adequate clean-water processing and sewage/wastewater management. Flint, Michigan, remains an unfortunate counterexample. I think most people know to not drink raw water from streams and suchlike, and we don’t have to, because we have adequate public water supplies and distribution/availability.

We still do have water issues globally, though. They’re just usually called “traveller’s diarrhea” and “tropical waterborne diseases.” Cholera, dysentery, etc never actually went away.

I am skeptical of the specific benefits of organic and biodynamic products and as such, do not make a particular effort to seek them out in the marketplace.

I’m thinking PCBs, for example. I know they’ve been banned, but it’s only a matter of time until the next thing crops up, particularly as environmental regulations are relaxed. And the runoff from pesticides and petroleum-based products and such.

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